'Greatest Gorra' tournament of hats heating up
From 92 caps, one will take the crown. The Greatest Gorra tournament has entered its second round, having narrowed its collection to 46 squads from Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión initiative recognizing and honoring Hispanic and Latinx communities with culturally relevant identities. Fans can cast their second round
From 92 caps, one will take the crown.
The Greatest Gorra tournament has entered its second round, having narrowed its collection to 46 squads from Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión initiative recognizing and honoring Hispanic and Latinx communities with culturally relevant identities. Fans can cast their second round votes on MiLB.com through June 7 to help select the best Copa hat in the Minors. The winner will be crowned on June 12.
MiLB.com's staff members selected our favorite caps from the remaining contenders below.
Clinton Elotes: I’m craving elote as I type this. Start with corn on the cob. Sprinkle on mayo, cream, butter, cayenne pepper, cotija cheese and maybe even a little lime – all of which is there to see on the hat’s logo. It’s summer that you can hold in your hands. Pairing elote with Class A Clinton in the heart of the Corn Belt is perfect and gets to the heart of what makes Copa special. One look at this hat, and you’ll want to head to the nearest Mexican street fair and a ballgame at NelsonCorp Field right after. Apologies for being corny. --Sam Dykstra
Playeros de Harrisburg: Right off the bat, there’s an iguana with sunglasses and a straw hat and you think, “OK, this little dude is in for a good time.” Expand the hat to the full logo, and he’s holding a beach ball in his tail. Good times confirmed. The bright tri-color setup on the hat looks like something cool you’d see in a league in Mexico or the Caribbean or South America. Double-A Harrisburg’s ballpark, FNB Field, has a pretty great setup on City Island in the middle of the Susquehanna River. And who doesn’t love a day at the beach? --Gerard Gilberto
Ocelotes de Greensboro: Next to identities based on regional industry (for example, the present-day Lowell Spinners and teams of yore like the High Point Furniture Makers and Boise Fruit Pickers), identities based on unheralded animals are my favorite. Los Ocelotes de Greensboro are playing with the mark of a wildcat native to regions from the Southwestern United States all the way into Argentina across the top of South America. The nocturnal, swimming, climbing, leaping, beautiful ocelot embodies “intuition, focus and vision,” just like Class A Greensboro's community, according to the team. Ocelots also prefer to spend the daytime asleep in a tree. There’s a desire I can understand. --Josh Jackson
Frijoles Saltarines de Puerto Carlota: I'm not sure if I've ever described a bean as "cute," but either way, this is the cutest bean I've ever seen. The sombrero, the smile, the wide-eyed look of excitement -- you just know this legume likes to have a good time. The color scheme also provides a distinct contrast to that of the Class A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs, who already sport one of my favorite looks in the Minors. I must say, however, I'm not sure bouncing on a pogo stick really constitutes "jumping." Even with that factoring in, Los Frijoles take el pastel for me. --Jordan Wolf
Medusas de Lakewood: I tend to hold stupid grudges, so when I got stung by a jellyfish at the age of 10 in the Atlantic Ocean, all jellyfish in the world became my enemy. Maybe that is why I like the Class A Medusas de Lakewood hat so much, because now I can wear it on my head and show all those pesty things who's the real boss in this game for two. Unless, of course, the medusa in question is holding a bat like in the logo. Then I am in real trouble. --Brian Stultz
Soñadores de Hillsboro: I’m tipping my cap to the underdog, the Class A Short Season Soñadores. And that’s not only because I’m an animal lover and activist, but also because it represents the sum total of all of our hopes and dreams. The very idea of working hard to achieve your goals despite all the inherent risks and obstacles is a noble outlook on life, and this particular Copa cap exemplifies that philosophy to a T. For the Soñadores, it’s about engaging in the process as a team, howling to the heavens above when it works out and even when it doesn’t. Plus, it's colorfully cool. --Paige Schector
Picantes de Lake County: The Class A Picantes de Lake County cap encompasses everything the Copa de la Diversión initiative is about. The logo is absolute fire in every sense of the word, literal or otherwise, and it's certainly representative of the Latinx community, in addition to being one of the more aesthetically appealing designs across the landscape. Add in my personal love of spicy food, one that certainly could be characterized as fiery, and this cap checks all the boxes as my favorite among the 46 finalists. --Chris Tripodi
Fenómenos Enmascarados del Valle de Hudson: I could pick Class A Short Season Hudson Valley for sentimental reasons – I graduated from college a mere 20 minutes from Dutchess Stadium – but that's only a sliver of why I chose the team. Fenómenos Enmascarados del Valle de Hudson directly translates to “Masked Phenoms," an apt description for Minor Leaguers working their way up the organizational ladder. The logo has a Mighty Mouse feel to it and the colors give the Renegades’ mascot Rascal a “come and get me” look while maintaining the fun Minor League Baseball embodies. And that’s what it’s all about, right? --Michael Avallone
Lloronas de Montaña Rocosa: Often times, sports logos are fierce figures opponents don’t want to mess with. And Rookie Advanced Rocky Mountain certainly checks this box with its Copa identity. According to Hispanic folklore – one told around camp fires in Colorado -- La Lorona was driven into a jealousy-induced fugue state by her husband, so she drowned her children and herself. Now the “weeping woman” roams rivers and creeks in search of lost children. A scorned, ghost mother? Yep, that’s pretty intimidating. The legend perfectly translates with the hauntingly tragic, yet beautiful skull. What’s more, the Montaña Rocosa, along with las Madres de Idaho Falls, are one of the first professional baseball teams to feature a female identity. So be sure to vote because while there is no crying in baseball, there is weeping! --Kelsie Heneghan
Pajaritos de Norfolk: I’ll always be a fan of concepts that pay tribute to a Minor League team's parent club, and Norfolk’s nod to the Orioles here is A-plus stuff. The hat mimics the design of Baltimore’s “Cartoon Bird” lid. A Pajarito is a “baby bird,” fitting for players working to become fully fledged Orioles. And the name Pajaritos de la Suerte translates to “little birds of luck,” a Latinx tradition that involves a trained bird choosing fortunes for lucky recipients. Norfolk aims to embody the same skill -- and luck -- associated with these birds, and I can get on board with that. --Joe Bloss
Locos de Lansing: I’m not sure there is a more obvious choice here than the Locos de Lansing. The logo of the Potoo bird with the googly eyes is sure to elicit a chuckle from anyone seeing it for the first time, the bright light blue and yellow colors are fun and uplifting, and let’s face it: Minor League Baseball is all about having fun. I also can’t get enough of the identity’s rallying cry of “Vamos Locos” -- which is not only hilarious on its own, but also a fitting callback to the Lugnuts’ home cheer of “Let’s Go Nuts.” --Rob Terranova
Campesinos de Salem-Keizer: Last fall, I became so smitten with the Viñero on the Tri-City Dust Devils' Copa cap that I bought one. For the Greatest Gorra competition, I'm staying in the Northwest League. The Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes' Copa identity is the Campesinos. Translated as farmers, the nickname pays tribute to the region's farmworkers that make Oregon one of the country's leading agricultural states. The caps feature "Señor Campo and a unique design that has a black bill and front panel and yellow/gold side and real panels. It's pretty close to the tri-color caps the Montreal Expos wore from 1969-91. --Daren Smith
Viñeros de Tri-City: I'll admit I stole the Viñeros on our signout sheet before Daren could get to them. That's just how good this logo is. The Class A Short Season Tri-City Dust Devils honored the history of their area's Hispanic community with a vintager from one of the area's vineyards in the heart of Washington state's wine country. The design was inspired by meetings with local Hispanic leaders and pictures of the region's migrant workers throughout the decades. He wears a hat for protection from the sun while working and carries a fistful of recently picked grapes. In place of pruning shears or other tools for work, he's got a baseball bat. He's ready to go. --Tyler Maun
Abejas de Salt Lake: At first glance, Salt Lake’s Copa de la Diversión identity seems uninspired. Abejas, after all, is simply a direct translation of Bees. But glance again. The stylized “A” representing the Abejas, bursting with color from all sides, features a beehive at its center. The beehive is a nod to the team name, which is itself a nod to Utah’s status as the Beehive State. Sometimes there’s brilliance in simplicity and this is one of those times. --Benjamin Hill
Flying Chanclas de San Antonio: The Flying Chanclas have been my favorite Copa identity since Triple-A San Antonio introduced the logo. Just knowing it literally translates to “flying sandals,” makes it a unique enough nickname. Even the image of a sandal hurtling across a room is enough to bring anyone to laughter. But that chancla symbolizes the importance of the matriarch, or abuelita, of the Latino family makes this logo even more special and really puts it over the top. It’s a fun way to commemorate a beloved and dear member of the family. --Andrew Battifarano
Churros de San José: Growing up in the Bay Area, I spent many nights under the not-so-warm summer sky at both Oracle Park and the Oakland Coliseum. Nothing warmed me up in those later innings more than a large hot chocolate, which pairs perfectly with a (you guessed it) churro. Something about a mid-week night game and cinnamon-fried dough really fires me up apparently. Regardless, I tabbed the Class A Advanced Churros for pure nostalgia factors. Of course, the fact that I have a sweet, senior chihuahua also named Churro certainly came into play as well. --Katie Woo
Tyler Maun is a reporter for MiLB.com and co-host of “The Show Before The Show” podcast. You can find him on Twitter @tylermaun.